Sunderland Transfers: What’s Urgently Needed.
Posted by Featured Articles | Published on July 23, 2016
This won’t be an unfamiliar sight for many a Sunderland fan in recent seasons. Change of manager, lacking in the transfer market, having an outright crisis and generally making their fans seethe with frustration before the season has even started.
What a club, ey?
With today bringing some fantastic news about David Moyes’ appointment for a very, very brave 4 years has filled the Sunderland fan base with some genuine optimism and excitement.
You can read From The Stands’ very own Chris Hall share his opinion on the fit here:
Anyway, I thought it my due duty to bring you all back down to the gaping holes in the club’s squad before the players inevitably disappoint you anyway.
So here are the positions where Sunderland are currently falling frighteningly less than short.
Okay, so I’m pretty much sure that if you asked any Sunderland fan who followed the team last season about Billy Jones, they would laugh in your face very loudly before inevitably jumping off the planet.
He’s currently our first choice right-back…
It really was awful to see the fall of Billy Jones last year, he was having a less than bang average season as it was, but as he entered the final stages of the season, his spectral marking, not so existent pace and lack of diction level capability of attack really left him without a leg to stand on his case to stay in the team.
He really shouldn’t have shaved his barnet.
Deandre Yedlin came into the team after not featuring since he was embarrassingly hooked off at half-time at one point of the season by Allardyce. It was a long time since he’d even had a sniff of the first team.
He must have never looked back after coming in for Jones, a real force of hurricane pace and possessing the ability to put in a very decent cross saw him a mainstay in the run-in and helped with an assist in Jermain Defoe’s defining winner, beating Chelsea 3-2.
He’s been linked with Sunderland since he returned to his parent club and has been quoted saying “he wouldn’t rule out” a return to The Stadium Of Light.
Personally, with the failure to capture Davide Santon from Inter Milan, I would definitely take Deandre back without a blink. Whether that be another loan or a transfer.
I think the latter is considered more plausible for all parties, he’s Tottenham’s 3rd choice behind Kieron Trippier and Kyle Walker. I think a fair-priced deal would work perfectly for everyone concerned.
With the current midfield lying in the hands of Jeremain Lens and Jack Rodwell, we really do need to invest wisely.
Now, I’m not saying Lens is a bad player, but Sam Allardyce refused him in the first team for the majority of his tenure at the club, he played as a number 10 for a while, but was cut when the team failed to perform in that formation. I think that’s saying something.
Along with their public falling outs, Allardyce also questioned his work rate a lot of the time, which was one of the main reasons he shoved him aside, sometimes even not featuring on the bench.
Whilst this is a big season for Lens to prove his work rate alongside his undoubted quality, it’s also (in my opinion) Jack Rodwell’s last season to showcase his aptitude to play for a club at this level.
Like Lens, he had a short spell in the team in Allardyce’s time at the club. He didn’t play too badly, but some howling misses in some defining moments saw him back on the bench with his confidence as shot as his hamstrings, another thing that will never help him secure a place in the midfield along with his infuriating inconsistency and frustrating capability to win the ball off an opponent.
Sam was a fan of his technicality as a player, he can play a brilliant pass, he’s as strong as an ox, and with David Moyes (the man who brought him through the ranks at Everton) joining up, he’s sure to improve.
But they still haven’t proved themselves of what we need in the team. There is one, colossal Yann M’Vila sized hole in our midfield, and they’re a worse team for it.
He wants to move back, he’s proclaimed it to fans on Instagram, pronounced his love for the club in countless interviews and would publicly admit his desire for a move back if asked. But it’s up to the club, and why the haven’t shelled out the cash for him is insane to me, he’s the clear choice for Sunderland’s big signing of the window, much like the other loan hero, Fabio Borini around this time last year.
He’s a combative midfielder, with golden teeth and an eye for a pass. He’s the only signing needed in this position.
“Bring him home Moyes!”
Some of you may be questioning this choice, with previously mentioned Fabio Borini out on that side, but it’s plain to see, Borini is a striker, not a winger. It frustrates me amongst others.
He can’t dribble in tight spaces, isn’t a brilliant crosser, but can find space anywhere in a central position and has a hell of a right footed scorcher in his locker. That doesn’t sound like a winger to me.
This can be a quick fix with a loan, with someone like Victor Moses or Jesse Lingard potentially getting loaned out who would be brilliant fits.
But I believe it’s more than that, we’ve been threadbare in that area since Adam Johnson was sentenced and we really need someone to come and be a mainstay there. Jeremain Lens could possibly come in, but again, his work rate is very debatable for a winger.
There is Duncan Watmore also, but I see him as more as a striker, and could benefit from a loan in such position.
Andre Ayew is a target, but may be unrealistic on how much money Swansea want for him. Rachid Gheezal from Lyon is also reportedly a target, but no moves have been made on Sunderland’s part to obtain him. Euro 2016 Star Kamil Grosicki the other player linked to the wide area.
All of these players are very capable of playing for a club like ours, but moves need to be made from Sunderland’s side, and now that the managerial saga has come to an end, expect movements, and lots of them, very frantically, arms flailing all over the place, because the season begins in very little time, and the team needs to be ready, for what will be the most competitive year in the Premier League yet.
If no transfers are made in the next few days or weeks, Sunderland could struggle massively in the season. The starting games are key, and they need to have a full, accomplished team to compete, or it’ll be the same old sop story for the heart aching Black Cats.